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For Lovers Only

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All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
Arguably the Temptations' best album since Truly For You dropped in 1984, For Lovers Only is not the Temptations' first album of standards. This set of classics is different than Temptations in a Mellow Mood, where they acquiesced to the material, giving relatively straight readings, and never deviated far from the songs' popular arrangements. The only things the standards on For Lovers Only have in common with the originals are the titles and the lyrics, the arrangements are completely different, and the tempos are changed. The Temptations' sing with this much enthusiasm in years. The main shortcoming of this record is that the lead singers for the particular songs ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andrew Hamilton
Arguably the Temptations' best album since Truly For You dropped in 1984, For Lovers Only is not the Temptations' first album of standards. This set of classics is different than Temptations in a Mellow Mood, where they acquiesced to the material, giving relatively straight readings, and never deviated far from the songs' popular arrangements. The only things the standards on For Lovers Only have in common with the originals are the titles and the lyrics, the arrangements are completely different, and the tempos are changed. The Temptations' sing with this much enthusiasm in years. The main shortcoming of this record is that the lead singers for the particular songs aren't listed in the CD Booklet; this is essential information, since the group has gone through so many changes. Richard Perry outdid himself with this production, he expertly captured the essence of the Temptations, regardless of the members, in these songs. Their signature vocal blend is emphasized at every turn, and why not, it's what brought throngs of fans into their fold in the first place. He didn't concentrate on one lead singer, like others have in the past. The Temptations were initially marketed as a group of five capable lead singers and that's what you get with this excellent collection. Credit also goes to Jimmy Varner who assisted in the production, all the vocals and arrangements were done by the Temptations. I hope we don't have to wait another 11 years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/1995
  • Label: Motown
  • UPC: 731453056848
  • Catalog Number: 530568

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Temptations Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Milt Jackson Vibes
Johnny Britt Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Paulinho Da Costa Percussion
Melvin Franklin Bass (Vocal)
Jerry Friedman Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Doug Grigsby Bass
Steve Harvey Percussion, Drums, Keyboards
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar (Baritone)
Abraham Laboriel Sr. Bass, Guitar
Trevor Lawrence Cymbals, Bell-tree, Hi Hat
Paul Riser Conductor
Andy Simpkins Bass
Jimmy Varner Synthesizer, Bass, Piano, Drums, Keyboards, Percus
Stevie Wonder Harmonica
Jimmy Macon Guitar, Guitar (Baritone)
Isaias Gamboa Synthesizer, Keyboards
Technical Credits
Carl Anderson Engineer
The Temptations Vocal Arrangements
Barry White grooming
María Mendez Grever Composer
Stanley Adams Composer
Tyran Carlo Composer
Jimmy Dorsey Composer
Devin Foutz Engineer
Gwen Fuqua Composer
Brian Gardner Mastering
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Mark Herman Engineer
Paul Mertz Composer
Richard Perry Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Paul Riser Arranger, String Arrangements
Alejandro Rodriguez Engineer
Jimmy Varner Producer
Bob Tucker Engineer
Isaias Gamboa Arranger, String Arrangements, drum programming
Tony Alvarez Engineer, drum programming
Jackie Salway Art Direction
Tony Rambo Engineer
Bill Dern Producer, Executive Producer
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